Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Chocolate Ice Cream (a no-churn recipe)

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I've been really into no-churn ice cream recipes the past few summers, even though I have an ice cream maker.  But these are just so quick and simple to make, and as I currently don't have room in our freezer for the ice cream maker bowl anyway, I'll have to hold off on making any of my favorite custard-based ice cream recipes.  So today, I have a luscious no-churn chocolate ice cream recipe for you.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Blueberry Almond Crumb Bars

Blueberry Almond Crumb Bars, blueberry bars, shortbread bars, blueberry pie bars, blueberry crumb bars, high altitude baking,With the exception of my youngest son's birthday cake last weekend, I haven't been baking or decorating any new cakes lately.  I miss it, but with no one to eat them (I send most everything to my husband's work), it seems too wasteful to do much recipe testing until things get somewhat back to normal.

Instead, I've been stocking our freezer with things like cookies, banana bread and no-churn ice cream for our boys, with the occasional batch of muffins, pancakes or crumbly cookie bars.  These blueberry almond crumb bars are a bit like getting to eat blueberry pie, but the process is much quicker and easier than making pie.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Berries and Custard Tart

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It's that time of year when fresh berries are plentiful, and what better way to enjoy them than scattered on top of a beautiful custard tart?  I used my long French tart pan for this tart, and the narrow, rectangular shape looks particularly elegant.  Of course, a round tart pan will do just fine, too.

We had snow for Easter here in Colorado, and we're expecting more in a few days, but in spite of the cold, it is still spring, and this fresh berry custard tart is the perfect cheery treat that everyone will love.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Naked Chocolate Raspberry Cake

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While testing my Chocolate and Vanilla Sour Cream Birthday Cake recipe a month or so ago, I ended up with quite a few chocolate cakes in my freezer.  I'm saving one for my baby's birthday in a few weeks, but these six-inch layers were extras.  Also hiding at the back of the freezer was some leftover raspberry buttercream from the Lemon Raspberry Cake I shared in February.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Classic Banana Bread

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My baking continues to be pretty simple during these days at home.  Fewer cakes and other fancy pastries, and more muffins, cookies and breads that my boys enjoy and that I can easily stock our freezer with.  A bundle of over-ripe bananas on the counter was destined to be made into banana bread.